May 23 2012 By Tom Sweetman
Beaconsfield High School gymnastics
A YOUNG Beaconsfield High School gymnastics team were unlucky to miss out on the bronze medal at the U19 Floor and Vault National Finals by the narrow margin just 0.19 points.
The squad of five which included three year seven students, came up against schools made up of mostly sixth formers but still managed to finish a very respectable fifth at last week’s competition in Stoke-on-Trent.
The school qualified for the event for the fourth year in a row after winning the south region qualifiers in March and although they have finished a place higher in fourth for the past three
years the standard of competition this year was by far the toughest they have come up against.
PE teacher Nicky Hartley (pictured with the squad) said: “The standard has increased every single year so we’re very pleased with how we got on – they all performed fantastically.”
Despite the great sense of occasion the team failed to be overawed by the situation with Hannah Brayshaw even managing to gain the highest vault score of the whole competition with 9.5.
“They are all very pleased after having worked very hard and I’m so proud of their commitment,” added Hartley.
The team also consisted of Devina Aujla, Izzy Beeny, Natasha Nowers and Katherine Vanner while Anna Croft and Charlie Williams also helped the team qualify for the final but were both unavailable for the big day.